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  • Walden on Wheels

  • On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom
  • By: Ken Ilgunas
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

The story of a student who went to extraordinary lengths - including living in a van on a campus parking lot - to complete his education without sacrificing his financial future. In a frank and self-deprecating voice, memoirist Ken Ilgunas writes about the existential terror of graduating from college with $32,000 in student debt. Inspired by Thoreau, Ilgunas set himself a mission: get out of debt as soon as humanly possible. To that end, he undertook an extraordinary 3-year transcontinental journey, driving to Alaska and taking a series of low-paying jobs. Debt-free, Ilgunas then enrolled himself in a master's program at Duke University, using the last of his savings to buy himself a used Econoline, his new "dorm." The van, stationed in a campus parking lot, would be an adventure, a challenge, a test of his limits. It would be, in short, his "Walden on Wheels."Ilgunas went public in a widely read Salon article that spoke to the urgent student debt situation in America today. He offers a funny and pointed perspective on the dilemma faced by those who seek an education but who also want to, as Thoreau wrote, "live deep and suck out all the marrow of life."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to know what the point was.

  • By X-ray Chick 351 on 11-03-18

Hard to know what the point was.

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-18

Always interesting to hear a person's story. Ken writes well but possibly thinks he has discovered something new. He has old fashioned prejudices and believes that it is a good thing. He possibly is more interesting to actual millennials who may be more amazed by living simply to save money. (It is possible the last statement shows my old fashioned prejudice)

  • 1913

  • The Eve of War
  • By: Paul Ham
  • Narrated by: Christopher Oxford
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Christmas 1913: In Britain, people are debating a new dance called ‘the tango’. In Germany, they are fascinated by the wedding of the Kaiser’s daughter to the Duke of Brunswick. Little did they know that their world was on ‘The Eve of War’, a catastrophe that was to engulf the continent, cost millions of lives, and change the course of the century. And yet behind the scenes, the Great Powers were marching towards what they thought was an inevitable conflict.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A well argued opinion.

  • By X-ray Chick 351 on 07-01-18

A well argued opinion.

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-18

A generally understandable explanation for the origin of the first world war. Easy to read in one sitting

  • Dr Seuss - The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories

  • By: Dr Seuss
  • Narrated by: David Walliams
  • Length: 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Seven delightful stories from the inimitable Dr Seuss! The amazing stories are full of typical Seuss humour, rhyme and rhythm and are all beautifully illustrated. They include "The Bippolo Seed", in which a scheming cat leads an innocent duck to make a bad decision; "The Rabbit, the Bear, and the Zinniga-Zanniga", about a rabbit who is saved from a bear via a single eyelash; "Gustav the Goldfish", about a fish that grew and grew; "Tadd and Todd", a tale about twins; "Steak for Supper", about fantastic creatures who follow a boy home in anticipation of a steak dinner, and plenty more!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic stories

  • By Naomi Coutts on 22-10-18

The pictures don't come with the down load!!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-12-17

The description say s the illustrations are beautiful but they down come with the audio. it wold have been so easy to include a picture file. The story was well read.

  • Take Six Girls: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters

  • By: Laura Thompson
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 169

They were known as the Mitford sisters: Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity, Jessica and Deborah. Born into country-house privilege in the early years of the 20th century, they became prominent as 'bright young things' in the high society of interwar London. Then, as the shadows crept over 1930s Europe, the stark - and very public - differences in their outlooks came to symbolize the political polarities of a dangerous decade.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but a little confusing

  • By Mimi Munch-Jensen on 17-05-17

Beautifully tragic.

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-12-17

A picture of the fall of an aristocratic family. You are lead through the complex lives of a small group who, in a way, represent a whole class.

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  • Down and Out in Paris and London

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600

An autobiographical study, Down and Out in Paris and London follows Orwell as he tramps around both Paris and London. Pawning his belongings to buy food, unemployment, drinking heavily and jostling for a place in homeless hostels are but a few of the experiences related with candour and insight in this unabridged exclusive audiobook. Orwell was arguably one of the first 'gonzo' journalists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Richard Blant on 20-07-15

An important book

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-10-17

this book gives depth to Marxist theory better than dry dogma. I feel I understand what it must be like to suffer poverty in the prewar period

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  • Nothing to Be Frightened Of

  • By: Julian Barnes
  • Narrated by: Julian Barnes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Julian Barnes' new book is, among many things, a family memoir, an exchange with his brother (a philosopher), a meditation on morality and the fear of death, a celebration of art, an argument with and about God, and homage to the French writer Jules Renard. Though he warns us that 'this is not my autobiography', the result is a tour of the mind of one of our most brilliant writers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Frustrating but worth persevering with.

  • By A Reader on 15-06-09

10 hours about DEATH!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-17

The content is in discord with the title. When audible said "before you go" at the end seeking my a rating I thought, for a moment that they were talking about death. It was a bit rambling but made me think.

  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

  • By: Al Franken
  • Narrated by: Al Franken
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Scott on 30-07-17

Franken for President 2020

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-08-17

there is no good reason not to support the author to be chief executive of the USA or vice President to Elizabeth Warren. This is a funny heartfelt book about solving problems and what a politician should be like.

  • Adnan's Story

  • The Case That Inspired the Podcast Phenomenon Serial
  • By: Rabia Chaudry
  • Narrated by: Rabia Chaudry
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 608

On February 28, 2000, Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to life plus 30 years for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, a high school senior in Baltimore, Maryland. From the moment of his arrest, Syed has consistently maintained his innocence. Rabia Chaudry, a family friend, always believed him and has never given up the hope that he might someday be released.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen

  • By Nichola Loveland on 19-09-16

worth a listen

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-05-17

Interesting to people with a sense that cops and prosecutors are crooks. More important for people who assume all who are convicted did it.

  • The Modern Scholar: Heaven or Heresy: A History of the Inquisition

  • By: Thomas F. Madden
  • Narrated by: Thomas F. Madden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

With a scholarly eye and infectious enthusiasm, widely published author and noted expert on pre-modern European history Thomas Madden imparts an understanding of the Spanish and Roman Inquisitions while dispelling popular myths associated with the subject.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • an opinion piece

  • By X-ray Chick 351 on 20-12-11

an opinion piece

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-12-11

A very interesting set of lectures. I had enjoyed his set on Venice and would recommend it. I was concerned by how partial he was. He appears to be an apologist for the inquistion. I am sure he is correct that the inquisition was a varied set of processes and he did a good job describing the subtleties of it in a historical context but he seemed not to be able to accept that the catholic church was run by earthly men who might also have had political motives for tourturing heretics and sending many to their deaths for expressing contray views. He seems to say that Galilao had it coming for being wrong, which is a little unfair i feel. He does not give Protestant Christians much of the same slack. For example Mary I of England and Elizabeth I had roughly the same number of people killed for religious reasons (Elizabeth over a longer period of time) but he implies that Elizabeth had much more killed. He also says that witch trials and executions with coerced testimony was a protestant procedure when in fact it happened in both Protestant and Catholic areas and the standard of evidence was variable in both juristdictions. He suggests that the inquisition would not accept falseified testimony but the Basque trials would be an example were this many false confessions were clearly obtained. Definately worth a listen but possibly not as balenced as it could be.

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